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Old 01-04-2013, 08:31 AM   #1
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What counts as Antibodies?

Hi all, just got my Endo's first report to my GP (following 6 months of thyroid chaos!)

The report states that my "Thyroid peroxidaise antibodies (TPA) have been negative".

My bloods show my TPA level at 51 (with the normal range being 0-60) suggesting antibodies are present.

My question is does a normal high Antibody level count as being absolutely negative for antibodies?

Its a daft question I know but I'm not sure how specialists use terminology around these things. He has issued other anomalies in my report, including a statement to say that there is no lymphadenopathy, despite the fact that some was found so I just want to check before I write back.

 
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Re: What counts as Antibodies?

Absolutely healthy people might have a small titer of TPO antibodies, perhaps up to 4. But a titer as high as yours can be considered positive for all practical purposes, especially if you have other signs/symptoms of thyroid disease.
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Re: What counts as Antibodies?

Ditto Midwest.

Did you only have TPOAb run? There is also TGAb. Being positive in either classifies you as having Hashimoto's thyroiditis.

I am a strong advocate of routine testing of at risk thyroid sufferers for TPOAb, TGAb, TSI, and TRAb in my family. I test mine once a year now to make sure my levels are not getting Froggy again.

With my children, I test for them yearly along with a TSH, ft3 and ft4. Why? My genes. It is all my fault.. No my mom's.. No my grandma's... My four aunts... Well whoever started the dysfunction it seems to be here to stay. Given I have two kids to saddle with my genetics and my son has 20% chance of developing it and my daughter a 60% chance so I watch and log and file away their normal levels and trends and when/if hashi's or graves decides to visit them we will be ready.

You have antibodies maybe not 10,000 of the little buggers which can pretty much kill off your thyroid in a 1-2 year period, but you do have them present and I guarantee they are not sitting idle. Nope those antibodies are attacking your thyroid. It is what they do.

Good luck getting answers and treatment.
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Ahh, what would I do without this board?! Thank you so much girls.

Hopefully this gives me some ammo to get him to actually take a sample of my blood this time round (he refused to last time)

Our poor babies eh, I don't wish this on anybody - least of all them.

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